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Submitted by operagost on July 29, 2014 - 9:19am.

Hamas Is 100 Percent of the Problem
by resistant (221968)

I have karma to burn, and anti-Jewish, anti-Christian Islamist terrorism really, really ticks me off, so what the hell.

If the murdering thugs from Hamas hadn't slurped off tens of millions of dollars in humanitarian aid to build terror tunnels and hundreds of terror rockets instead of paying attention to the decaying infrastructure that was the specific target of the humanitarian aid, then that power plant would have been in much better condition. If the murdering thugs from Hamas hadn't insisted in raining rockets on innocent Israeli citizens for months and years, then the Israeli military wouldn't have been forced to fight yet another war to cut down on the growing threat to the lives and safety of said Israeli citizens. If the murdering thugs from Hamas didn't insist on using mosques, schools, hospitals and private residences for stockpiling weapons and for firing on Israeli troops, then the death toll and damage to critical infrastructure would have been vastly lessened.

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Submitted by ancientt on July 20, 2014 - 10:06am.

by Intrepid imaginaut (1970940)

It's a bit baffling how "some economists" weren't fully cognisant of what would happen when the minimum wage was raised. I mean it's not as though it's the first time it has happened, the effects should be well known by now. Kind of reminds me of the old joke:

A mathematician, an accountant and an economist apply for the same job.

The interviewer calls in the mathematician and asks "What do two plus two equal?" The mathemetician replies "Four." The interviewer asks "Four, exactly?" The mathematician looks at the interviewer incredulously and says "Yes, four, exactly."

Then the interviewer calls in the accountant and asks the same question "What do two plus two equal?" The accountant says "On average, four - give or take ten percent, but on average, four."

Then the interviewer calls in the economist and poses the same question "What do two plus two equal?" The economist gets up, locks the door, closes the shade, sits down next to the interviewer and says "What do you want it to equal?"

Submitted by ancientt on July 20, 2014 - 10:05am.

by BonThomme (239873)

but who will speak for the unemployed Swiss Bankers?

Submitted by ancientt on July 9, 2014 - 4:22pm.

Re:Seems appropriate
by Mordok-DestroyerOfWo (1000167)

Forgetting is not a legitimate defence, much like torturers say, you would say that wouldn't you?

So basically marriage is a good preparation for criminal defense.

Submitted by veridicus on July 8, 2014 - 4:11pm.

by Horse With Stripes (577)

35 years ago I got a 'D' in my first programming class. That was my first exposure to 'D' programming ;-)

Submitted by ancientt on July 7, 2014 - 9:17am.

Long range wireless energy transmission not new.
by Anonymous Coward

Simply convert the energy to mass; move the mass on the back of a truck; then convert it back to energy again.

No wires required!

Re:Long range wireless energy transmission not new
by maxwell demon (1608)

Sure. You convert energy to mass by dividing it by c^2. If that's not simple, then what is? ;-)

Submitted by coprenicuz on July 3, 2014 - 3:22pm.

Re:Well, of course
by gstoddart (321705)

Soon will come the time when they will not need to convince anyone anymore.

Yes, because they'll have arrested anybody who disagrees with them, and all that is left will be people too scared to say anything or who agree.

The NSA is the enemy of freedom and liberty, they just act like they're defending it.

And, yeah, some desk weenie has probably flipped a switch that says I'm an extremist -- what they don't realize is the more they do this shit, the more they'll create extremists.

What's really pathetic is how many Americans are buying into this, when not 20 years there would have been outrage.

Really, and truly, on 9/11 the terrorists got exactly what they wanted -- the destruction of Western societies as we knew it, and the rise of Americans saying "we don't give a crap about the rest of the world, we're scared". Sadly, that will create a backlash of people saying "we don't give a crap about the US, now piss off".

There's no going back from this kind of thing.

Submitted by coprenicuz on June 24, 2014 - 6:10pm.

Re:Here's the Solution
by Anonymous Coward

In 2004 senator Ted Kennedy appeared on the No Fly List. Apparently merely holding hearings on terrorism is reason enough to land on it!

Honest mistake. They thought it was a no-drive list.

Submitted by ancientt on June 23, 2014 - 9:08am.

Better Career Path
by Austrian Anarchy (3010653)

If those servers would have studied engineering instead of history, they probably would not be servers and not be suffering from broken hearts.

Submitted by ancientt on June 4, 2014 - 5:24pm.

Re:infinite loop...
by Anonymous Coward

I can imagine the dialogue:

Boss: "Your social media text analysis tool gives too many false positives! Change that!"
Developer: "Yeah sure. We will just write a sarcasm detector. Nothing easier than that."
Boss: "Great. So how long will it take you?"
Developer: "I think you urgently need one."
Boss: "Yes. Give that project top priority. Now, how long?"

Submitted by ancientt on June 4, 2014 - 9:37am.

Formidable names
by the_olo (1764)

Looking forward to Category 5 [] hurricanes "Morgoth" and "Cthulhu".

On the other hand, not so anxious about Category 1 "Sprinkles" and "Mopsy"...

Submitted by ancientt on May 21, 2014 - 9:12pm.

Times sure are changing
by tulcod (1056476)

When Intel buys or invents some kind of a new chip process, everyone applauds. When engineers use 3D printing to save a crippled boy's life, everyone celebrates technology. Stick an arduino in a tumor and people scream in ecstasy.

But when the item of cloning comes in the news, suddenly people back away and ask what it's all good for. Because us humans are not allowed to mess with that.

Come on people. We invested thousands of years trying to understand the tricks of physics and evolution. We have now got to a stage where we can apply these tricks ourselves and see what we can make of the world.

Will it turn out for the better? Absolutely nobody knows. But telling scientists not to mess with this takes us back to the middle ages, where scientific incentives were influenced heavily by religious and cultural beliefs.

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Submitted by coprenicuz on May 14, 2014 - 10:29am.

by interkin3tic (1469267)

They didn't say that would be the ONLY thing preventing upgrades! Other things that make upgrades and innovation unaffordable include:

- It's wednesday

- But... MONEY!

- The old infrastructure isn't currently on fire

- All the engineers and accountants got super-fast internet first and they starved to death looking at high-def porn

- Still mad that they sent you all those AOL discs and you're not still using AOL. They worked really hard on that.

- You spend most of your time and bandwidth looking for something to watch on Netflix. Providing you faster internet would just make that worse

- The executive board REALLY likes cocaine and boats.

- Do you KNOW how hard it is digging in the dirt to put in fiber?!? You try it sometime! It's like digging through concrete!

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Submitted by veridicus on May 8, 2014 - 1:07pm.

Re:This ought to be good.
by frojack (1554)

Actually if you read the description in TFA, or, follow the link to the actual patents, something as simple as changing the F stop, or ISO, gets you around the patent. Change the light source, color temperature, wattage, and you are good to go. The patent is SO SPECIFIC, that you WILL have trouble finding prior art. Further it is SO SPECIFIC that Amazon wouldn't be able to find any infringers.

Amazon's aim was to avoid post-processing, such that no photo retouch was necessary, and they could put these images directly on line. Advertisers getting in trouble for re-touching photos is a common enough occurrence that its easy to see that any method that avoids re-touching saves time, money, and potential legal fees.

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Submitted by veridicus on May 6, 2014 - 10:36am.

mind body dualism BS
by VLM (445)

Last dying gasps of mind body dualism BS. If dualism would just curl up and die for once and finally get out of the way, a lot of human progress could happen. I don't think most indoctrination based religions would be very amused, sucks to be them I guess, eventually they'll dry up and blow away and that'll be a great day.

If you assume the psychological process only exists because of thermodynamic processes, then its an emergent phenomena and no great surprise "minds" with memories follow a thermodynamic arrow of time.

If you assume some all knowing "truth" exists and our minds live in souls and all this other mythological dualism blather then you can imagine a non-thermodynamically limited intelligence that doesn't need to follow the arrow of time. But since we have no technology for that other than mysticism, indoctrination, and smoking weed, it doesn't seem we're making much progress there.